In the Spider Garden with Michael Manning

Michael Manning (born 1963) is an American comic book artist and writer, fine art illustrator, and traditionally trained animator currently based in Los Angeles, California. He is best known for his graphic novel series, The Spider Garden and Tranceptor, which combine elements of pan-sexual fetishism and BDSM culture with complex characters in science fiction and fantasy settings. He is also active in the supernatural horror and fantasy genres, drawing adaptations of the work of authors such as H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe, and Alexandre Dumas for the Graphic Classics comics anthology series, as well as illustrating an anachronistic version of the German folk epic, The Nibelungen. (Wikipedia)

See more of Michael Manning’s work at his official website.

Hydrophidian by Michael Manning
Hydrophidian by Michael Manning

When I deal with gender transformation, I tend to streamline the body to create a more graceful androgynous look that combines the elements of male and female sexuality that I find most erotic.

From Lumenagerie by Michael Manning
From Lumenagerie by Michael Manning

I see my transformed characters as complete beings, sleek, elegant, and desirable. Their sexuality is fluid and plural by nature and makes them at one with their environment.

From Hydrophidian by Michael Manning
From Hydrophidian by Michael Manning

As fantastic and intensely sexual as my images are, I remain very much aware of the characters in them as living, emotional beings who experience pleasure and suffering.

From Tranceptor by Michael Manning
From Tranceptor

I draw upon influences as diverse as the European Symbolist movement, Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints, and SM/bondage art of the 1930s.

All artwork © Michael Manning.